Friday, March 19, 2010

Joseph Farah Spells Out What It Means to Be a Right Winger

I had thought of doing an entire Wingnut Wrapup today featuring right wing garbage about the apparently impending passage of health care legislation, which I could have easily done. You know what it would contain- you've heard it all before.

In the process of doing this, however, I came across a single article, by Joseph Farah, at World Net Daily, which I think so completely expresses the conservative attitude towards health care and everything else, that I thought I should quote from it at some length, so you can see, right out in the open, what lies behind American conservatism today. Despite everything you have heard the last year, I think you should be prepared to be shocked:

"Obama's desperate demagoguery

Barack Obama says he's trying to push his government health-care bill through Congress because of people like Ohio resident Natoma Canfield.

She's a victim of breast cancer whose insurance premiums soared as a result of her condition. She decided not to renew her policy because it might mean losing her home.

Using this woman's plight as an example of why the government should take over health care in America, Obama's White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, explained: "The president believes, and I think members of Congress believe, that in a country as strong as the United States of America you shouldn't have to decide between keeping your house or keeping your health care."

Of course, her insurance company didn't present that choice to Natoma Canfield. They just gave her a price tag of $6,000 a year for health insurance. She was free to pay it or not pay it. She chose not to pay it.

If you want the service, you have to sell off your assets. Period. End of story. we really believe no one should ever be forced to decide whether to keep your house or keep your health-care insurance? "

Well, yes, actually, you human monster, those of us with a shred of decency do really believe that. Apparently you cannot even conceive of people who would be that stupid and soft. But thanks for finally stating your position so plainly.

Lets continue with this sickening perversion:

"...why do people still believe in government "compassion" and "benevolence"?

This is sheer demagoguery by Obama and his mouthpieces."

Sheer demagoguery. This conservative Republican cannot even begin to imagine that politicians might actually act out of compassion or benevolence. It is absolutely inconceivable to him that Obama could mean what he says, or care about anyone but himself, so Farah writes it all off as malicious lies. This is a man with zero empathy for other people, who is shamelessly uninterested in the welfare of anyone but himself.

This is, as I have always said, the reality of conservatism.

"This lady does own a home, one that has been in her family for 50 years...Why should the responsibility for her care be spread involuntarily to people who don't know her...

sob stories are bound to persuade some Americans...That's what Obama is counting on. "

I am sorry, but I am really unable to come up with words sufficient to express the grotesque moral depths that the Republican party and its followers have sunk. Thankfully, I guess Mr. Farah has done it for me.

I want to tell you what I believe. Do you know the difference between a liberal and a conservative? Long ago, in the early part of the Bible, a man asks God a question: "Am I my brother's keeper?" If you answer yes to that question, you are a liberal. If you answer no, you are a conservative. That's it.

Over the years, I have stated my belief that conservatism is about one thing, and one thing only: greed. All of the religion and the rest of it is nothing but a cover, to convince not us, but conservatives themselves, that, despite their orgy of avarice they still hold the moral high ground. American conservatism is not a political ideology in any way, but is rather a form of moral degeneracy, through which people convince themselves that the welfare of other people is of no concern to themselves. And these people call themselves followers of Christ. People have accused me of being too simplistic or extreme in that view. Well, here it is, laid out in the most stark, Dickensian terms imaginable.


tnlib said...

" Long ago, in the early part of the Bible, a man asks God a question: "Am I my brother's keeper?" If you answer yes to that question, you are a liberal. If you answer no, you are a conservative. That's it."

It sure is. Terrific post.

Jean Valjean said...

I agree, terrific post.

Green Eagle said...

Thanks very much, both of you. I (obviously) really appreciate your compliments.

mastercynic said...

I think the Republican's have recently presented their vision of health care refor - it's called RepoMen. You can't escape the ads - in California they're on TV almost as much as Meg Whitman's attempt to buy the governor's office.

magpie said...

One of your best posts.

I'm reminded of that scene in Downfall where Hitler proudly asserts he never allowed himself the luxury of compassion.

Not for nothing do I follow American politics.... This period will decide whether America remains the compassionate and courageous (those qualities go together) country that even "conservatism" once embodied, or collectively become just another fat Republican coward.

Green Eagle said...

I watched that film when I was working on a movie directed by Oliver Hirshbiegel a few years ago. I thought it was an extremely accurate portrayal of those final days, and incidentally, Hirschbiegel was a really nice guy.

I take your point; although it must be pointed out that Hitler was more honest about his real intent than our Republicans.

Derek Jordan Foley said...

""Am I my brother's keeper?" If you answer yes to that question, you are a liberal."

Yes, I am my brother's keeper.

So does that make me liberal?

Green Eagle said...

No, Derek. It makes you a liar.